Parks & Facilities Details

Woodlawn Lake Park

Type: Asphalt
/ Length (Miles): 1.48

Address: 221 Alexander Ave.
/ Phone Number: 210.732.5789
Fitness Stations
HealthBeat Outdoor Fitness Systems featuring eight stations of interactive and stationary fitness equipment along the trail near the park's swimming pool and gymnasium.
Tennis Courts
Tennis Court Information: Joe V. Alderete, Jr. Tennis Courts

San Antonio parks give people an opportunity to spend time enjoying the outdoors, with fresh air, sunshine and exercise on  tap for visitors. Take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and de-stress. Studies show people who spend time in parks will be sick less often, which means less time missing from school and work, as well as lower healthcare costs and better overall health. And it’s fun and refreshing. Visit a San Antonio park today!

Woodlawn Lake Community Room

The City of San Antonio and District 7 Councilman Cris Medina celebrated in 2013 the completion of a Community Room at Woodlawn Lake Park, adjacent to the gymnasium, 1103 Cincinnati.

The meeting room has been renovated to include new fiber optic lines to support publicly accessible Wi-Fi so that citizens can utilize their laptops and other electronic devices to do research, apply for jobs, and other on-line pastimes. Additionally, the room received new furniture, carpeting, lighting, and paint to complement the space. The room is not available for reservations.

The schedule is as follows: 

Tuesdays:  8 a.m. to noon (last Tuesday of the month also open 5-8 p.m. for WLCA meetings)
Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Thursday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Friday: Closed 
Saturday: 12 noon to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: Closed 

In addition to the open, public hours, the community room features literacy activities coordinated by the San Antonio Public Library, to include story time for children, teen club, and Dare to Read Club for adults. See the schedule above for days and times for these activities.

The room also features a health kiosk where citizens will be able to receive important health assessment information including heart rate, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure.

Community Health and Wellness Center at Woodlawn Lake Gym

Woodlawn Gym features a Community Health and Wellness Center. Strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, lose weight, and improve your mental health by working out regularly. From cardio for seniors to walking classes and circuit training, San Antonio residents will find a myriad of fitness opportunities available at Community Health and Wellness Center.

The center features classes for seniors offered by the Department of Human Services during the fall, winter and spring months. The Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of fitness classes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For a complete schedule, go to the Fitness Centers web page. 

Programs & Classes

Use the button below to view and register for classes at this location. If there are no results for classes at this location, a list of classes, programs, and activities at alternate locations will be provided. 

For information on  class and lesson schedules and other other programming visit our Swimming and Aquatics Page


View & Register for Classes
Si necesita asistencia en español para inscribirse en clases o necesita información sobre nuestros programas llame al 210-207-3047.

Amenities Available for Rental

The following amenities are available for rental. Use the links below to view facility details or calendar availability. Learn how to make a reservation.

Amenity Details Availability
Pavilion #1  View Details  View Availability
Pavilion #2  View Details  View Availability
Softball Field  View Details  View Availability

Pavilion Rental

Monday through Thursday, $15.00 an hour with a four-hour minimum
Friday-Sunday and holidays: $30.00 an hour with a four-hour minimum. Restrooms are available as well as off-street parking. The playground and walking trail remain open to the public during these rentals.

Island House Rental

$30.00 an hour with a four hour minimum. There is a $100.00 refundable damage deposit. There are 2 tables and 30 chairs provided for reservations. This is available for small gatherings only such as meetings, luncheons or baby showers. Capacity is approximately 25 people.

Gym Practices and/or Games

$30.00 per hour fee with two-hour minimum. The gyms are available for basketball and volleyball.

Special Event Gym Only - Charging admission and/or selling concessions
$50.00 an hour with a two-hour minimum and $100.00 deposit fee.

(Joe V.) Alderete, Jr. Tennis Courts

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Park History

Woodlawn Lake was the dream of real estate developers in the 1880s who wanted to build West End, a residential subdivision on San Antonio's rural west side. It was George W. Russ, president of the Rhode Island-based West End Town Company, who saw great potential in the flat pasture on Alazan Creek and made the dream come true. To attract residents, the creek was dammed to create West End Lake, which some reports say was as large as 80 acres. (Today it is about 30 acres.)

Visitors traveled by street car to enjoy what was called "the finest artificial lake in the south." Electric lights (still new at that time) illuminated the lake where visitors danced in an outdoor pavilion and rowed in small boats. In later years there were outdoor movies and vaudeville acts. The lake and surrounding land were privately owned until 1918 when they were deeded to the City. The name was changed to Woodlawn Lake and many improvements and additions were made to the 62-acre park in the next 79 years.

Today, after more than 100 years, Woodlawn Lake remains a popular gathering spot for visitors from throughout San Antonio. Residents use a walking trail daily, fish from the boat dock, swim at the pool, play basketball in the gym, and dance at Bertha Almaguer Dance studio. In the late 1990s the park became the site of the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, complete with fireworks and a parade. It continues to draw enormous crowds each year.

Thursday, May 13, 2021